Can You Rock Climb While Pregnant

The Risk of Exercising While Pregnant

To ensure the health and safety of both you and your unborn child, you should stay away from specific forms of exercise that are thought to pose a high risk during pregnancy. These include activities that require you to lie flat on your back for longer than a few minutes, hot yoga, outdoor workouts, and contact sports.

Your center of gravity changes and your joints loosen up during pregnancy, increasing your risk of falling. As a result, whenever engaging in any balancing-related activities, it is best to have a spotter. Pregnancy-related physical symptoms like dizziness, contractions, and bleeding or leaking can be brought on by exercise. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop exercising immediately.

It is always best to consult your doctor and inform them of your regular exercise regimens whether this is your first pregnancy or your fifth.

The Benefits of Climbing Pregnant

I thought my husband was a little crazy when he brought home my first full body harness because I didn’t think I would continue climbing into my third trimester, but the more I thought about it, the more excited I got.

Expectant mothers should work on their cores to facilitate delivery and hasten postpartum recovery times, just as climbers need incredible core strength to create body tension and stick close to the wall for stability. The majority of climbing requires shoulder and arm strength, especially for moves like the Gaston and mantling, and women who wish to labor and/or deliver on their hands and knees require strong arms and shoulders to do so!

Training during pregnancy helped me prepare for labor and delivery as well as shorten the time it took for me to recover after giving birth. I also trained for climbing by maintaining forearm and finger strength (after all, I was basically climbing with a “weighted vest” of sorts) and perfecting my technique because I could no longer force my way through routes. [Sidenote: Hopefully, the experience during pregnancy will help my child’s climbing abilities—Olympics 2040 here we come!]

HOW TO HANDLE: If you’ve ever experienced joint dislocation issues, avoid clumsy movements that put your joints in a vulnerable position. You’ll need to exercise extra caution in situations involving drop-knees, hard gastons, and exerting a lot of force on small holds while wearing out your feet.

SYMPTOM: Swollen Feet. A non-climber’s swollen feet can be a little uncomfortable, especially at the end of the day. However, it can make donning a pair of climbing shoes for a climber utterly agonizing!

SYMPTOM: Increased Tiredness. Tiredness is ironically at its worst during the first trimester, when most people don’t even know they’re pregnant, so don’t underestimate the impact it can have. This one may seem obvious because it literally affects EVERY pregnant woman I’ve ever met.

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